Scene in Edmonds: Fond farewell to Stephen Clifton

 Stephen Clifton with Cindi Cruz, serves as the city's Program Coordinator for Community Services and Economic Development.

Stephen Clifton with Cindi Cruz, who serves as the city’s Program Coordinator for
Community Services and Economic Development and has worked closely with Clifton for the past 13 and a half years.

Many people stopped by City Hall Monday afternoon to say farewell to departing Community Services and Economic Development Director Stephen Clifton. Phrases like “big shoes to fill, “amazing legacy” and “irreplaceable” could be heard throughout the room as Clifton mingled with well-wishers.

Typical of the low-key Clifton, who is headed for a job with Snohomish County, there were no speeches or remarks at his request. Clifton will hold the position of executive director, acting as a liaison with county departments and assisting in the coordination of policy and procedure decisions.

Clifton said he is looking forward to working again with former Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson, who is also serving as an executive director in the county executive’s office. His last day with the city is Tuesday.

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3 Comments

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of my husband Stephen as I was today at the going away gathering. I know first hand how much he loves Edmonds and the community. As much as many of you have told him you will miss him, believe me, he’ll miss you all just as much. It was a very difficult decision he made to move on to the county, and I have no doubt he’ll be a great success in his new position. I know he’ll continue to do his part as an Edmonds citizen to help make Edmonds a better place to live for everyone. So proud of you Stephen.

  2. Stephen has always been an excellent person to contact with any questions, and he has amazing follow through.He has high integrity and will be missed by all who have experienced his professional approach to his job. Our City’s loss is a Snohomish gain.

  3. Stephan, I am sorry I missed it – but I hope you will not be a stranger in town! Cadence and I both wish you well.

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